Find yourself a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed for at least 20 minutes and have a pen and paper / journal to write in once you have finished.
Perhaps light some candles and incense before you begin to set the mood. Use the words below before you begin then listen to the recorded version on youtube below. A seated position is best so that you won’t be tempted to fall asleep.
I call to the Guardians of the East, South, West and North to attend our (my) circle should it please them. I (We) am (are) here of my (our) own free will to work with Spirit in all of its forms, to honour the Goddess and God within and without. Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Elders, Helpers, Teachers, Angels and those who work with the light please join us (me) in this evening (moment) so that we can work together to strengthen the connection to the otherworld while we work in our Sacred Space.
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This archetype suggests the duality of human nature and animal instincts. We see the face of the great goddess and a lioness merging together as one and underneath there is a symbol that keeps recurring for me which I have taken to represent the opening of a door / doors through which there is a flow of information and wisdom that can be switched on and off using that symbol.
(Sun/Mars) Feelings of self worth and Love, notoriety and fame, confidence and strength, desires and sexuality, renowned figures.
The dreamer, held in the watchful care of her guiding spirit, beholds the vision of the constellation of Leo, the lion – Caitlín Matthews
On several versions of this image in the Tarot we find a lady with a lion and there is a great deal of controversy over whether she is opening or closing the mouth of the lion. It appears to me that she is showing her fearlessness by opening the lions mouth as a gesture of mutual trust.
Symbolically you can take this as representing the stage in the spiritual journey where you have found the elusive hidden strength within, a spiritual strength that everyone has inside and you can now begin to act from that place of inner strength that was previously unobtainable. Becoming attuned with the mysteries and wisdom of the past will give you a much broader perspective from which to tread your unique path.
Considering the astrological sign of Leo the lion, which is also attributed to this image, and consider those ancestors who once gazed upon the constellation of leo, coming from a different time but awaiting the rediscovery of their secrets and wisdom. – Excerpt from the forthcoming Initiates Way by Jade M